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July 22, 2015 8 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Solicitors have been picketing courts since the beginning of the month over government cuts to the legal aid budget. Barristers are due to join in strikes from Monday.

Some lawyers are refusing to take on any new legal aid work, leading to long delays as duty solicitors appointed by the court are swamped with new cases.

Why is the legal profession up in arms?

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What is legal aid?

Legal aid was introduced in 1949 under Clement Attlee’s expansion of the welfare state. It covers criminal and civil cases.

Everyone who is arrested for an alleged criminal offence and taken to a police station has the right to free legal advice. But once defendants are charged with a crime they may or may not have their fees paid for by legal aid, depending on their means.

Legal aid budget is also used to help some claimants fight civil cases. There is also a means test and the number of cases that attract aid has shrunk dramatically.

What is the government doing?

The Conservative-led coalition announced a string of reforms designed to bring down the cost of legal aid. (more…)

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July 21, 2015 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Female genital mutilation could affect women in every part of England and Wales, according to a new study. What’s behind the numbers?

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July 16, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The government says it wants most hospital doctors on seven-day contracts by the end of this parliament, claiming thousands of patients are dying unnecessarily thanks to lack of weekend cover. The

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July 13, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

George Osborne surprised many by announcing that Britain will meet its Nato defence spending commitments. Is it too good to be true?

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July 9, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

A 24-hour walkout by unions has closed London Underground, bringing gridlock to the capital. Each side is blaming the other for failing to reach a deal on pay and conditions. So what are the

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July 8, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

A “lower-welfare, lower tax” budget, said the Chancellor. As usual, the small print didn’t quite match the rhetoric…

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July 7, 2015 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

How many times have the authorities foiled terror plots since the events of July 7 2005?

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July 3, 2015 3 Comments By Sophie Warnes

Is the rise of the Islamic State the biggest threat to the UK’s security and safety in the history of the country?

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July 2, 2015 2 Comments By Sophie Warnes

The claim “In many parts of our country it has become normal for young people to leave, though not out of choice. This might be to find work, but more and more, it is to find a home that they

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June 30, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron says only the US has hit the Islamic State group with more air strikes than Britain. Is the UK really doing enough in Iraq?

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